DA heavyweight Helen Zille has weighed into the furious debate surrounding Adam Habib and his use of the N-word during a university webinar last week. According to the political veteran, the former Wits Principal is merely a victim of ‘cancel culture’ – stating that the context had been removed from Habib’s original statement.

Adam Habib and the N-word

Adam Habib began his new role at the University of London in January – but recent footage from an online discussion shows that some students haven’t taken too kindly to the contentious academic. In a discussion about race, Habib did indeed drop an N-bomb, claiming it was ‘frequently used’ in South Africa.

The professor was then called out by those in the debate, with one student telling Habib that he had ‘no right’ to use the word in any context. Although the university director produced a long Twitter thread on why he feels it was appropriate to use the word at the time, he’s also conceded that the term ‘did cause distress’, and issued the following apology

“As many of you are aware there has been a controversy that emanated from the all-student meeting yesterday in which I mentioned the N-word after a student query on a case in this regard. I want to apologise unreservedly for having done so. I do now recognise the hurt and distress that has been caused and will continue to listen.”

Helen Zille declares war on cancel culture

However, someone who doesn’t feel so contrite is Helen Zille. She leapt to the professor’s defence on Monday, saying that Adam Habib is merely the victim of cancel culture – and made the following case for the under-fire 56-year-old.

“Cancel culture is escalating world-wide. In the past month, targets included journalist Lindsay Dentlinger; the Royal Family; and Director of SOAS, Adam Habib. The trend is escalating, and needs to be understood. That is why I wrote my book.”

Helen Zille

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Presh JM Reporter

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